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Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast

Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network

Bonus Points is the official podcast of USA Wrestling and TheMat.com hosted by Richard Immel. Sponsored by Liberty Mutual, Bonus Points offers interviews and insight from USA Wrestling, the National Governing Body for wrestling in the United States and will feature coaches, athletes and notable names from the sport of wrestling. Part of the Mat Talk Podcast Network.

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Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Feb 8, 2018 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 96 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features Grays Harbor College Women's Wrestling Head Coach Andy Cook. Cook was named head coach of the Grays Harbor College women's wrestling program in 2016. In the program's inaugural season, Cook guided the Lady Chokers to an 18th place finish in the WCWA and its first individual All-American, Kacie Moorehouse. He continues to be heavily involved with USA Wrestling. Cook was a U.S. coach for the Junior Pan American Championships and Cadet...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Feb 1, 2018 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 95 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast previews the most anticipated college dual meet of the season, No. 1 Ohio State visitng No. 2 Penn State on February 3, 2018. The show begins with a quick chat with NCAA champion and two-time All-American Myles Martin of Ohio State. We discuss the upcoming dual meet, and his rivalry matchup with NCAA champion Bo Nickal of Penn State at 184 pounds. The second half of the episode takes a deep dive into the specific matchups, as show host...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Jan 25, 2018 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 94 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features Olympic and World silver medalist Brandon Paulson. Paulson is among the elite Greco-Roman athletes in U.S. history. He scored silver medals at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, and the 2001 World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. He qualified for three additional U.S. World Team's throughout his Senior-level career. As a Division I wrestler for the University of Minnesota, Paulson earned NCAA All-America status as a senior...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Jan 19, 2018 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 93 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features Trackwrestling's media mogul Andy Hamilton. Hamilton orchestrates the Trackwrestling media coverage across the vast wrestling landscape. Since joining Trackwrestling in 2016, Hamilton has expanded his global wrestling depth of knowledge, covering four World Championships, plus countless college and high school events. Hamilton has been involved in the wrestling community for nearly two decades through stints as a journalist at the...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Jan 10, 2018 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 92 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features U23 World champion and Rutgers senior Richie Lewis. Lewis won the 70 kg gold medal in men's freestyle wrestling at the U23 World Championships held in Bydgoszcz, Poland, November 21-26. He was one of three medalists at the event for the United States. Lewis is competing in his final season for Rutgers at 165 pounds. He was a NCAA qualifier for the Scarlet Knights in 2016. Prior to attending Rutgers, Lewis was a two-time NJCAA...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Dec 7, 2017 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 91 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points features U23 World bronze medalist Ty Walz. Walz won the 97 kg bronze medal in men's freestyle wrestling at the U23 World Championships held in Bydgoszcz, Poland, November 21-16. He was one of three medalists at the event for the United States. Walz was a three-time NCAA All-American and ACC champion for Virginia Tech. He finished his collegiate career with 109 wins, the 10th most in program history. Topics of discussion include the U23 World...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Nov 17, 2017 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 90 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast takes a deep dive into the 2017-18 NCAA Division I wrestling season. Join show host Richard Immel and guest Jason Bryant as they give their thoughts on what could go down as one of the greatest NCAA seasons of all-time. Topics of discussion include four wrestlers going for their third individual titles, a team race of epic proportions, Hodge Trophy contenders, historical analysis and much more. Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 90 guest...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Oct 20, 2017 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 89 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features 2017 Junior World champion Kamal Bey. Bey blitzed the 74 kg/163 lbs. field with one spectacular throw after another to claim America’s first Greco-Roman gold medal at the Junior Worlds since Garrett Lowney did so in 1999. He rattled off a tournament high 61 total points throughout his five matches in Tampere, Finland. He followed up his Junior World title by earning a berth on the U.S. U23 World Team that will comepte in Bydgoszcz,...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Oct 11, 2017 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 88 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features the U.S. men's freestyle national coaching staff Bill Zadick, Joe Russell and Kevin Jackson. Zadick just completed his first full year as the head coach of the men's freestyle program. He was instrumental in leading the U.S. to its third World title in men's freestyle. Zadick was a World champion in 2006 and a NCAA champion for Iowa in 1996. Russell joined USA Wrestling as the Manager of Freestyle Programs in May. He was a longtime...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Oct 4, 2017 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 87 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features 2017 Junior World champion Maya Nelson. Nelson topped the 63 kg/139 lbs. weight class in women's freestyle at the 2017 Junior World Championships in Tampere, Finland. She won four matches, including a 6-0 shutout of Bulgaria's Yuliana Yaneva in the gold-medal match, to claim the title. Nelson is now a two-time Junior World medalist. She picked up a bronze in 2016 to go along with her recent gold. Thus far in 2017, Nelson has earned a...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Sep 28, 2017 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 86 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features Olympic champion and four-time World champion Jordan Burroughs. Burroughs picked up his fourth World title out in Paris, France in August. He won five hard-fought bouts to claim the 74 kg/163 lbs. men's freestyle gold medal. In the championship match, Burroughs topped past World champion Khetik Tsabolov of Russia, 9-6. In addition to his individual triumph at the 2017 World Championships, Burroughs' performance was instrumental in...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Sep 21, 2017 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 85 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features 2017 Junior World champion Daton Fix. Fix topped the 55 kg/121 lbs. men's freestyle charts at the Junior World Championships held in Tampere, Finland, in August. He won five matches on his way to gold, scoring five technical falls and outscoring his opponents by a combined 53-1 tally. The win in Finland added to an already outstanding resume for Fix that includes a Junior World bronze medal, a Cadet World Bronze medal, a Youth...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Aug 31, 2017 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 84 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features two-time World champion and Olympic champion Kyle Snyder. Snyder just capped off his second World Championships appearance with a gold medal at 97 kg after winning a legendary finals showdown against fellow Olympic champion Abdulrashid Sadulaev of Russia, 6-5. Snyder's win put the exclamation point on the U.S. winning its third men's freestyle team World title in history. With his performance in Paris, France, Snyder became the...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Aug 18, 2017 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 83 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast constitutes part three of a special three-episode series previewing the 2017 UWW Senior World Championships being held at AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France, Aug. 21-26. The tandem of Richard Immel and Jason Bryant fill you in on all the need-to-know intel for the World Championships, including weight-by-weight breakdowns, seeding, contenders, dark horses and much more. Men's freestyle will be contested during the final two days of the World...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Aug 17, 2017 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 82 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast constitutes part two of a special three-episode series previewing the 2017 UWW Senior World Championships being held at AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France, Aug. 21-26. The tandem of Richard Immel and Jason Bryant fill you in on all the need-to-know intel for the World Championships, including weight-by-weight breakdowns, seeding, contenders, dark horses and much more. Women's freestyle will be contested during the third and fourth days of the...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Aug 16, 2017 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 81 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast constitutes part one of a special three-episode series previewing the 2017 UWW Senior World Championships being held at AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France, Aug. 21-26. The tandem of Richard Immel and Jason Bryant fill you in on all the need-to-know intel for the World Championships, including weight-by-weight breakdowns, seeding, contenders, dark horses and much more. Greco-Roman will be contested during the first two days of the World...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Jul 18, 2017 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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On this special "Bonus Bytes" episode of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast, we sit down with King assistant coach Julia Salata to discuss her many roles in Fargo and her future prospects as an athlete and coach. This episode is one of a special line of shows that will be brought to you from the 2017 Cadet and Junior National Championships held at the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D. Listen to previous episodes of the show on the USA Wrestling Bonus Points Archives or by subscribing on...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Jul 18, 2017 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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On this special "Bonus Bytes" episode of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast, we sit down with Oklahoma State head coach, two time-Olympic champion and four-time World champion John Smith to chat Fargo, the Cowboys and this year's World Team. This episode is one of a special line of shows that will be brought to you from the 2017 Cadet and Junior National Championships held at the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D. Listen to previous episodes of the show on the USA Wrestling Bonus Points...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Jul 17, 2017 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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On this special "Bonus Bytes" episode of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast, we sit down with 2012 Olympian and Virginia Tech assistant coach Jared Frayer to chat Fargo experiences and his new role with the Hokies. This episode is one of a special line of shows that will be brought to you from the 2017 Cadet and Junior National Championships held at the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D. Listen to previous episodes of the show on the USA Wrestling Bonus Points Archives or by subscribing...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Jul 17, 2017 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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On this special "Bonus Bytes" episode of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast, we sit down with South Dakota State head coach Chris Bono to hit on Fargo topics and get a Jackrabbit update. This episode is one of a special line of shows that will be brought to you from the 2017 Cadet and Junior National Championships held at the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D. Listen to previous episodes of the show on the USA Wrestling Bonus Points Archives or by subscribing on your favorite podcast...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Jul 16, 2017 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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On this special "Bonus Bytes" episode of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast we sit down with longtime U.S. official Rusty Davidson to discuss his Fargo experiences. This episode is one of a special line of shows that will be brought to you from the 2017 Cadet and Junior National Championships held at the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D. Listen to previous episodes of the show on the USA Wrestling Bonus Points Archives or by subscribing on your favorite podcast listening application....
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Jul 16, 2017 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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On this special "Bonus Bytes" episode of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast we sit down with SIU Edwardsville head coach Jeremy Spates to talk the ascension of SIUE and Fargo experiences. This episode is one of a special line of shows that will be brought to you from the 2017 Cadet and Junior National Championships held at the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D. Listen to previous episodes of the show on the USA Wrestling Bonus Points Archives or by subscribing on your favorite podcast...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Jul 16, 2017 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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On this special "Bonus Bytes" episode of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast we sit down with two-time U.S. World Team member, NCAA champion and North Carolina assistant coach Tony Ramos to chat Fargo memories, coaching and post-World Team Trials thoughts. This episode is one of a special line of shows that will be brought to you from the 2017 Cadet and Junior National Championships held at the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D. Listen to previous episodes of the show on the USA Wrestling...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Jul 16, 2017 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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On this special "Bonus Bytes" episode of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast we sit down with Northwestern assistant coach Andrew Howe to chat about his Fargo experiences and first year of coaching for the Wildcats. This episode is one of a special line of shows that will be brought to you from the 2017 Cadet and Junior National Championships held at the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D. Listen to previous episodes of the show on the USA Wrestling Bonus Points Archives or by subscribing...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Jul 16, 2017 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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On this special "Bonus Bytes" episode of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast we sit down with West Virginia assistant coach and past U.S. World Team member Nick Marable about his Fargo experiences and get a Mountaineer update. This episode is one of a special line of shows that will be brought to you from the 2017 Cadet and Junior National Championships held at the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D. Listen to previous episodes of the show on the USA Wrestling Bonus Points Archives or by...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Jul 16, 2017 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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On this special "Bonus Bytes" episode of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast we sit down with Navy assistant coach Nate Engel to chat about his Fargo experiences and his recent trip to the Maccabiah Games in Israel. This episode is one of a special line of shows that will be brought to you from the 2017 Cadet and Junior National Championships held at the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D. Listen to previous episodes of the show on the USA Wrestling Bonus Points Archives or by subscribing...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Jul 16, 2017 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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On this special "Bonus Bytes" episode of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast we sit down with Iowa State assistant coach and four-time U.S. World Team member Brent Metcalf to chat about his Fargo legend and new role with the Cyclones. This episode is one of a special line of shows that will be brought to you from the 2017 Cadet and Junior National Championships held at the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D. Listen to previous episodes of the show on the USA Wrestling Bonus Points...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Jul 2, 2017 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 80 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features two-time Olympian and current University of Maryland head coach Kerry McCoy. McCoy is entering his 10th season as the head coach at Maryland. During his tenure, Maryland has accumulated four top-20 NCAA finishes, three ACC conference championships and seven individual All-Americans combining for 11 such honors. His coaching career includes time at Penn State, Lehigh and Stanford before taking over at Maryland. He is a three-time ACC...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
May 24, 2017 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 79 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features 2017 U.S. World Team member in women's freestyle Becka Leathers. Leathers made her first Senior-level U.S. World Team by winning the U.S. World Team Trials held in Las Vegas, Nev. in April. She will be the 55 kg representative for the U.S. at the World Championships being held in Paris, France, this August. One week after making the World Team, Leathers brought back gold from the Pan American Championships held in Salvador da Bahia,...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Apr 20, 2017 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 78 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features U.S. National Women's Coach Erin Vandiver. Vandiver recently accepted the position as the new girls wrestling coach at national high school powerhouse Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School in Kingston, Pa. The Pennsylvania native returns to her home state to lead a brand new accelerated elite girls developmental program, which seeks to attract many of the nation’s top high school girl wrestlers to pursue national and...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Apr 18, 2017 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 77 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features newly named head coach at the University of Pittsburgh, Keith Gavin. Gavin takes the reigns of the Panther program after serving as an assistant coach at both Virginia and Oklahoma. He is the 11th head coach in the history of the Pittsburgh wrestling program. On the Senior level, Gavin was a 2013 U.S. World Team member in men's freestyle, two-time U.S. Open champion, six-time U.S. National Team member and 2008 University World bronze...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Apr 12, 2017 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 76 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features two-time NCAA champion Dean Heil of Oklahoma State University. Heil won his second NCAA championship at 141 pounds this season after posting a perfect 32-0 record. He won the 142nd individual NCAA title in Cowboy history and became the 39th wrestler in program history to win multiple titles. In the NCAA finals, Heil defeated Virginia's Geogre DiCamillo by a 6-3 margin. The two owned a well-established history on the mat dating back...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Apr 4, 2017 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 75 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features 2017 NCAA champion Cory Clark of the University of Iowa. Clark capped off his collegiate career by winning the NCAA Division I Championships held at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo. He became the 133-pound NCAA champion with wins over Connor Schram of Stanford, Pat D'Arcy of Princeton, Stevan Micic of Michigan, Nathan Tomasello of Ohio State and Seth Gross of South Dakota State. Clark defeated Gross 4-3 in the championship...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Mar 31, 2017 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 74 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast, presented by KT Tape, features two-time NCAA champion Gabe Dean of Cornell University. Dean just completed a remarkable collegiate career for the Big Red as a four-time NCAA All-American with placements of third, first, first and second at the NCAA Championships. His list of achievements include being a four-time EIWA champion, two-time Ivy League Wrestler of the Year and the Cornell record holder for all-time wins at 152. As a senior, Dean...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Mar 31, 2017 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 73 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features top U.S. women's freestyle talent Julia Salata. Salata is fresh off winning her third University Nationals title with a masterful performance at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Okla. The Canton, Mich. native has seen tremedous success throughout her career. Salata is a two-time WCWA Women's College Nationals champion and four-time college All-American. She won a Univesity World bronze medal in 2014 and was a member of...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Mar 23, 2017 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 72 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features 2017 NCAA champion Darian Cruz of Lehigh University. Cruz won the 125-pound title at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships held in St. Louis, Mo., March 16-18. Throuhgout his three-day journey in St. Louis, Cruz defeated Dylan Peters of Northern Iowa, Shakur Laney of Ohio, Sean Fausz of North Carolina State, Thomas Gilman of Iowa and Ethan Lizak of Minnesota to become the 22nd individual to win a NCAA title for Lehigh. Cruz...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Mar 14, 2017 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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On Episode 71 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast the duo of Richard Immel and Jason Bryant return to break down every aspect of the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. This year's NCAA bracketology episode features in-depth analysis of all 10 weight classes being contested, team race scenarios, Hodge Trophy discussion, predictions and more off the wall banter. The 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships will he beld March 16-18 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo....
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Mar 1, 2017 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 70 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features the "Magic Man" himself, David Taylor. Taylor is fresh off a landmark performace at the 2017 Freestyle World Cup where he went 4-0 for the U.S. at 86 kg/189 lbs. by defeating two Olympic champions, an Olympic bronze medalist and a Junior World champion over a two-day span. Prior to the World Cup, Taylor won gold medals at four international events with his most recent coming at the 2017 Paris International. He finished in...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Feb 16, 2017 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 69 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features South Dakota State University head coach Chris Bono. Bono is in his fifth season as head coach for the Jackrabbits and has brought new life to the program. SDSU has seen 12 wrestlers qualify for the NCAA Championships under Bono's leadership. This season, SDSU holds a record of 13-4 (7-1 Big 12) and is ranked in the top-20 nationally. South Dakota State now enters a crucial stretch of its season, hosting Purdue in a NWCA National...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Feb 8, 2017 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 68 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast, presented by KT Tape, features one of the top women's freestyle wrestlers in the U.S., Tamyra Mensah. Mensah is fresh off a gold-medal performance at the Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix held in Krasonyarsk, Russia. She became just the sixth U.S. woman to win the prestigious event, and first to do so since 2010. 2016 was a banner year for the young American talent. Mensah won six medals at international events over the year in addition to her...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Jan 19, 2017 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 67 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features Duke University's high-flying heavyweight Jacob Kasper. Competing in his junior season for the Blue Devils, Kasper has compiled a 20-1 record with six wins coming by fall and three by major decision. He became Duke's first Southern Scuffle champion in January. Kasper was a NCAA qualifier and ACC runner-up in 2015. He also finished in seventh place at the 2015 U.S. Senior Nationals in Greco-Roman. Topics of discussion include his...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Jan 12, 2017 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 66 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features United World Wrestling's Tim Foley. Foley has covered wrestling at all levels for over a decade. His current role with United World Wrestling has him oversee the media operations for wrestling's international governing body. He was a NCAA All-American at the University of Virginia in 2004 and later coached at Columbia University while earning his M.S. in Magazine Journalism. Topics of discussion include his personal connection to...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Jan 6, 2017 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 65 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast takes a look back at many of the great wrestling moments from the 2016 calendar year. Richard Immel and Jason Bryant come together once more in a special Short Time-Bonus Points collaboration to reflect on their favorite moments of the past year. Topics of discussion include the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the NCAA Championsips in Madison Square Garden plus much more off-the-wall conversation. Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Dec 23, 2016 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 64 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast, presented by KT Tape, features 2016 World Champion Logan Stieber. The four-time NCAA champion and 2011 Junior World silver medalist made his mark on the international wrestling world with an electrifying gold-medal performance at the 2016 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Stieber stared down an incredibly challenging draw at Worlds, with all four of his opponents ranked highly in the United World Wrestling men’s freestyle rankings...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Dec 14, 2016 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 63 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features University of Michigan freshman Logan Massa. The young Wolverine has taken the NCAA by storm this season, currently holding the No. 2 ranking at 165 pounds and an undefeated 15-0 record. Massa downed NCAA finalist Isaac Jordan of Wisconsin in the finals of the Cliff Keen Las Vegas International to win his first major college tournament and solidify himself as a NCAA title contender. As a redshirt freshman, Massa posted a 13-1 record...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Dec 8, 2016 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 62 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features current Campbell head coach and hall of fame wrestler Cary Kolat. Kolat finished his career among the most decorated wrestlers in U.S. history. Internationally, he won two World medals in men's freestyle and competed at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. In college, Kolat was a four-time NCAA All-American and two-time NCAA champion. He finished in second and third place at the NCAA Championships for Penn State during his...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Nov 30, 2016 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 61 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast, presented by KT Tape, features Zain Retherford, 2016 NCAA Champion for Penn State. Retherford won his first NCAA title for the Nittany Lions last season at 149 pounds with a 34-0 overall record. Of his 34 wins, 15 were pins, eight came by technical fall and seven were major decisions. In 2016, Retherford was a finalist for the Hodge Trophy, awarded annually to the best college wrestler, and was awarded the NCAA's most dominant wrestler...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Nov 23, 2016 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 60 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features four-time NCAA All-American, U.S. World Team member and Indiana associate head coach Nick Simmons. Dubbed the East Lansing Strangler for his punishing wrestling style, Simmons was a staple on the U.S. men's freestyle scene from 2004 until he announced his retirement in 2015. Simmons finished in fifth place at the 2011 Senior World Championships held in Istanbul, Turkey. He was a runner-up at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials....
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Nov 16, 2016 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 59 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features author, motivational speaker and teacher Coyte Cooper. Cooper recently published his second book entitled Make Your Mark that examines the intricacies of living a remarkable life. He graduated with a PH.D. in sports marketing and management from Indiana University and recently finished a stint at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill as a marketing professor. On the wrestling mat, Cooper was a NCAA All-American at Indiana, a...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Nov 2, 2016 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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In Episode 58 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast Richard Immel and Jason Bryant take an in-depth look at the upcoming NCAA Division I wrestling season. Topics of discussion range from returning NCAA champions looking to repeat, potential newcomers who could shake the college landscape, how the team race will play out and, of course, predictions on who will win the NCAA Championships. Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 58 guest Jason Bryant on Twitter at @jasonmbryant and follow show...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Oct 28, 2016 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 57 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features USA Wrestling Executive Director Rich Bender. Bender has been an employee of USA Wrestling for 29 years and has served as the organization’s chief executive officer for 14 years, leading USA Wrestling through a period of growth and expanded service. Topics of discussion include the current state of USA Wrestling, the 2016 Olympic Games, growth of wrestling from the youth levels all the way to the Senior-level and much more. Follow...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Oct 19, 2016 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 56 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features Olympic champion and three-time World champion in men's freestyle wrestling Jordan Burroughs. Already cemented as one of the greatest wrestlers in U.S. history entering the 2016 season, Burroughs found himself with a rare opportunity to compete at the Olympic Games for the second time after winning the U.S. Olympic Team Trials last April. Burroughs was one of the premier faces for Team USA at the 2016 Olympic Games held in Rio de...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Oct 10, 2016 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 55 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features two-time Cadet World champion in men's freestyle wrestling Gable Steveson. Steveson won men’s freestyle gold for the U.S. at the 2016 Cadet World Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia at 100 kg/220 lbs. He picked up four wins on his run to gold, including a 5-1 decision over Adam Beterbiev of Russia in the gold-medal match. With the win in Tbilisi, Steveson became just the second U.S. wrestler to win the Cadet World Championships...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Sep 28, 2016 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 54 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features 2016 Cadet World champion in men's freestyle wrestling Kurt McHenry. McHenry won men’s freestyle gold for the U.S. at the 2016 Cadet World Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia with an electrifying performance at 42 kg/92.5 lbs. The Virginia native won four matches over the top Cadet wrestlers in the World to win his first World title. Two of McHenry’s four wins came by technical fall. He posted a last second victory over Mahir...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Sep 22, 2016 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 53 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features 2016 Junior World champion in men's freestyle wrestling Mark Hall. The 19-year-old Hall won men’s freestyle gold for the U.S. at the 2016 Junior World Championships in Macon, France with a remarkable performance at 74 kg/163 lbs. Hall won five matches over the top Junior wrestlers in the World to win his first Junior crown. Two of Hall’s five wins came by technical fall with one other coming by pin. Hall adds Junior World...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Sep 11, 2016 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 52 of Bonus Points features 2016 Olympic champion in men's freestyle wrestling Kyle Snyder. The 20-year-old Snyder won four matches at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to become the youngest American wrestler to win Olympic gold. Competing at 97 kg, Snyder defeated Javier Cortina of Cuba, Albert Saritov of Romania, Elizbar Odikadze of Georgia and Khetag Goziumov of Azerbaijan on his road to gold in Rio. Last Sept. Snyder became the youngest World champion in U.S. wrestling...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Aug 8, 2016 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Join host Richard Immel and special guest Jason Bryant for Episode 51 of Bonus Points as they preview the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Wrestling in Rio will begin with Greco-Roman on Aug. 14-16, followed by women's freestyle on Aug. 17-18 and conclude with men's freestyle on Aug. 19-21. The Bonus Points Olympic preview show hits on the major storylines heading into the Olympic Games, weight-by-weight previews, medal predictions, the Team USA outlook and more. Follow USA...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Aug 3, 2016 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 50 of Bonus Points features 2016 U.S. Cadet World Team member in men's freestyle and USA Wrestling Triple Crown winner Travis Wittlake Jr. Wittlake won the UWW Cadet Nationals in Akron, Ohio this June to secure his place on the Cadet World Team that will compete at the Cadet World Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia in September. Wrestling out of Oregon, Wittlake won the folkstyle, freestyle and Greco-Roman national titles at the Cadet level this year to earn his fifth Triple Crown award....
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Jul 27, 2016 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 49 of Bonus Points features Ben Askren, 2008 Olympian in men's freestye wrestling and two-time NCAA champion. Askren competed at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China for Team USA. He was a two-time NCAA champion and four-time NCAA finalist for the University of Missouri. After competing at the Olympics, Askren made the transition to mma full-time. He was a multiple time Bellator welterweight champion and is currently the ONE FC welterweight champion. Askren also heads the Wisconsin...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Jul 13, 2016 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 48 of Bonus Points features former wrestler and UFC Hall of Famer Frank Trigg. Trigg is a wrestling and mixed martial arts veteteran on top of several other career endeavors that include acting, stunt work and color commentary. He currently covers mma in several journalistic capacities and is now working in Hawaii as a stunt man for television drama Hawaii Five-O. Trigg grew up wrestling with mild success in Upstate New York. He posted college stints at Oklahoma State and Phoenix...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Jul 1, 2016 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 47 of Bonus Points features 2016 U.S. University World Team member in men's freestyle Adam Hall. Hall secured a spot on the University World Team by winning the University Nationals held in Akron, Ohio, June 4-5. He will compete at the University World Championships this Oct. in Corum, Turkey. Since graduating from Boise State where he was a two-time NCAA All-American and four-time NCAA Tournament qualifier, Hall has posted coaching stints at Columbia and North Carolina State. He is...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Jun 24, 2016 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 46 of Bonus Points features the recently named head coach of the U.S. men's freestyle wrestling team Bill Zadick. Zadick will begin his duties as the head man at USA Wrestling after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has served as an assistant coach for the U.S. men's freestyle team in various roles since 2009. Competitively Zadick won the 2006 World Championships and was a two-time U.S. World Team member. He was a NCAA champion for the University of Iowa in 1996....
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Jun 17, 2016 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 45 of Bonus Points features 2015 Cadet World champion in men's freestyle wrestling Yianni Diakomihalis. Diakomihalis will defend his Cadet World title from last year at the upcoming UWW Cadet World Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia, Sept. 13-18. Most recently, Diakomihalis scorched the 63 kg/138 lbs. men’s freestyle field at the 2016 UWW Cadet Nationals held in Akron, Ohio, June 4-5, to secure a berth on his second consecutive U.S. Cadet World Team. Wrestling for Hilton High School,...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Jun 8, 2016 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 44 of Bonus Points features Jesse Thielke, 2016 U.S. Olympic Team member at 59 kg/130 lbs. in Greco-Roman wrestling Thielke won the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials held in Iowa City, Iowa on April 9 with wins over Jermaine Hodge, Spenser Mango and Ildar Hafizov. The 59 kg weight class was not qualified for the U.S. to compete at the Olympic Games at the time of Thielke's victory in Iowa City. In order to solidify his position at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thielke...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
May 31, 2016 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 43 of Bonus Points features Fresno State head coach Troy Steiner. 10 years after dropping its wrestling program, Fresno State made the decision to reinstate wrestling and selected the experienced Steiner to head the program. Fresno State will return to NCAA Div. I competition for the 2017-18 season. Steiner has seen coaching stints at Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa before spending the past 10 years at Oregon State. Wrestling in college for Iowa, Steiner was a four-time NCAA All-American...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
May 18, 2016 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 42 of Bonus Points features FloWrestling Premium Producer Mark Bader. FloWrestling recently celebrated the company's 10-year anniversary with Bader being an integral part in the growth and success of the organization. Bader joined the FloSports team eight years ago per the request of Co-Founder and CEO Martin Floreani to run Purefight, a subdivision of FloSports. Shortly thereafter, Bader transitioned to manning FloWrestling in conjuction with Floreani, Joe Williamson and others. If you...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
May 10, 2016 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 41 of Bonus Points features two-time U.S. Olympian and two-time World bronze medalist Tervel Dlagnev. Dlagnev won the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials held in Iowa City, Iowa on April 9 at 125 kg/275 lbs. in men's freestyle wrestling. He secured his Olympic berth with wins over top-flight U.S. heavyweights Connor Medbery, Dom Bradley and Zach Rey. In the best-of-three championship seried Dlagnev topped Rey two matches to zero. After moving to the U.S. from Bulgaria at age four, Dlagnev has...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
May 4, 2016 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 40 of Bonus Points features Haley Augello, 2016 U.S. Olympic Team member at 48 kg/105.5 lbs. in women's freestyle wrestling Augello won the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials held in Iowa City, Iowa on April 10 with wins over Candace Workman, Erin Golston, Alyssa Lampe and Victoria Anthony. The 48 kg weight class was not qualified for the U.S. to compete at the Olympic Games at the time of Augello's victory in Iowa City. In order to qualify for the Olympic Games Augello needed to place in...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Apr 27, 2016 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 39 of Bonus Points features two-time U.S. Olympic Team member in Greco-Roman wrestling Ben Provisor. Provisor won the 85 kg division at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials held in Iowa City, Iowa on April 9 to make his second-straight Olympic Team. To claim top prize at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Provisor won bouts over Patrick Martinez, Jordan Holm and Jake Clark, all of whom were past U.S. World Team members. Since wrestling in the 2012 Olympic Games held in London, England, Provisor...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Apr 20, 2016 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 38 of Bonus Points features Daniel Dennis, 2016 U.S. Olympic Team member in men's freestyle wrestling at 57 kg/125.5 lbs. Dennis captured gold at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Iowa City, Iowa on April 10. In the best-of-three championships series Dennis defeated two-time U.S. World Team member and former college teammate Tony Ramos in two matches by scores of 2-1 and 10-0. After taking multiple years away from the sport, Dennis returned in 2015 and made an immediate impact. In...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Apr 14, 2016 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Episode 37 of Bonus Points features Frank Molinaro, 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials champion in men's freestyle at 65 kg/143 lbs. Molinaro navigated a gauntlet of talented contenders to capture the Olympic Trials gold in Iowa City, Iowa on April 9. He defeated two-time NCAA champion Kellen Russell, four-time U.S. World Team member Brent Metcalf, four-time NCAA champion Logan Stieber and two-time Junior World medalist Aaron Pico on his road to gold. In the best-of-three championships series...
Bonus Points - A USA Wrestling Podcast
Mar 30, 2016 Richard Immel, Mat Talk Podcast Network
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Untitled DocumentThe USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance, will feature the top names in wrestling from the U.S. and beyond. Join USA Wrestling's Richard Immel as he deconstructs the greatest minds in wrestling and sheds light on the secrets of success for each guest. Episode 36 of Bonus Points features two-time NCAA champion for the University of Missouri, J'Den Cox. Cox recently won his second NCAA title as a junior for the Tigers. He defeated No. 1 seed...